A few weeks ago, my friend Amanda and I walked down to McGinty's, an Irish pub in Lakewood on Madison & Bunts. I've been to McGinty's several times before, and have always enjoyed it. The dark walls and ceiling make for a cozy, intimate vibe that you expect out of an Irish pub.
McGinty's doesn't serve food. That's no problem though, as Angelo's, one of Cleveland's best pizzerias, is right next door! Just let the bartender know your order, and they'll call it in and add it to your tab. Angelo's will deliver it right to the bar. We split a small pepperoni pizza, and it was heavenly.
One of the things I appreciate about McGinty's is that everyone is very friendly there. It's a neighborhood bar that attracts friendly neighbors. When Amanda and I first arrived at 5:30, there was only one other patron at the bar. James stopped down to introduce himself and to meet Bella (boxer mix). He gave us the run-down of all the neighborhood bars, and shared some history of Cleveland with us. James recalled watching the Cavs win the playoffs at McGinty's, and how the bar is truly an extension of his living room.
As the night progressed, the bar filled up. McGinty's hosts music trivia at 8:30pm on Tuesdays. I've got to say- I typically avoid bars when they are doing trivia because I find it distracting when you're trying to have a conversation. But the trivia at McGinty's is not obnoxiously loud, and it is all music so you hardly notice it's going on. I'll return on a Tuesday (and would even consider joining in on the game)!
Since we had Bella with us, we met nearly everyone at the bar. It is a friendly crowd, and is the kind of place you could go to by yourself if you wanted, and you'd still feel surrounded by friends. You can read about Amanda and Bella's experience at the bar on their blog, Dog Life in CLE.
McGinty's is one of my favorite Lakewood bars, and I highly recommend it the next time you're looking to enjoy a conversation with a friend or two over some drinks. I'm sure it'll be a fun place to be on St. Patrick's Day in another month, too!
13751 Madison Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44102